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Medicaid Analytics Support Social Determinant Incentive Payments

September 14, 2017 - Payers looking for innovative ways to control the costs of care have been turning their attention to the social determinants of health, the non-clinical factors that often lead to issues with care access, non-adherence, and the development of chronic disease. Social determinants contribute to the billions of dollars spent on chronic disease management, yet are rarely addressed sufficiently...

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CMS Bundled Payment Models Lead to Greater Patient Selectivity

by Vera Gruessner

What are some of the biggest problems around bundled payment models and value-based care causing difficulties for physicians? According to Corporate Director at Willis-Knighton Health Systems Chris Mangin, the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement...

How Payers Could Assist Primary Care Docs with Value-Based Care

by Vera Gruessner

How can health insurance companies improve their relationship with primary care practices? How can payers work with primary care providers to expand value-based care reimbursement?  For answers to these questions,

Highmark Partners with Aledade’s Accountable Care Organizations

by Vera Gruessner

In December 2016, Aledade Inc., a leader of accountable care organizations (ACOs), and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield announced in a company press release a new partnership to provide quality medical treatment through accountable care organizations....

UnitedHealthcare Partners with Accountable Care Organizations

by Vera Gruessner

In December, UnitedHealthcare announced in a company press release the release of NexusACO, a new health plan option for self-funded employers that is available in 15 markets. Tier 1 of NexusACO involves offering healthcare access to members...

Why Healthcare Bundled Payment Models May Expand in 2017

by Vera Gruessner

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have advanced bundled payment models by implementing these value-based payment structures in orthopedic and cardiac care. CMS released a finalized bundled payment model for cardiac and orthopedic...

Communication Key for Transition to Alternative Payment Models

by Vera Gruessner

Along with health insurers, more and more providers are expected to transition to alternative payment models (APMs) especially due to MACRA’s Quality Payment Program. For example, urology group practices are likely to adopt advanced alternative...

How Payers Could Improve Population Health Management with Tech

by Vera Gruessner

When payers transition their reimbursement structures toward a value-based care payment model, healthcare quality improvement needs to be addressed. In order to boost quality, payers could target population health management and data analytics...

UnitedHealth Adopts Bundled Payment Model for Orthopedic Care

by Vera Gruessner

Healthcare payers are finding that their reimbursement totals show higher spend for hip, knee, and spine surgeries and other orthopedic care when compared to other forms of treatment. Along with the higher spend, members regularly show poor health...

Clinical Data Analytics Key for Value-Based Care Reimbursement

by Vera Gruessner

Many medical facilities have seen how the healthcare industry has been moving away from fee-for-service payment to value-based care reimbursement. Revere Health is one organization that jumped on the bandwagon early on and has quickly moved forward...

Why Value-Based Care Reimbursement, MACRA are Here to Stay

by Vera Gruessner

The outcome of the presidential election has led to some uncertainty throughout the healthcare industry when it comes to legislative changes and medical coverage. However, providers and payers will need to keep a clear head in the coming months...

Humana Serves 63% of Members through Value-Based Care Payment

by Vera Gruessner

The future for the health insurance industry likely revolves around value-based care payment, which has grown in use steadily over the last several years. Recent healthcare reforms have centered around tracking the quality of care, reducing spending,...

Quality Metrics Pose Problems for Value-Based Care Reimbursement

by Vera Gruessner

The healthcare industry’s fast pace transition to value-based care reimbursement has led to some major challenges for both providers and payers. Adopting completely new payment contracts based on quality metrics is not a simple maneuver...

Payers Benefit from Aligning with MIPS, Value-Based Care

by Vera Gruessner

While healthcare regulations like MACRA legislation often centers around impacting medical providers, the health insurance industry is also integrated into the tapestry of value-based care and alternative payment models. When providers start...

Rise in High-Deductible Health Plans Requires Cost Transparency

by Vera Gruessner

High-deductible health plans are becoming more and more common across the health insurance industry. With the many changes that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has brought, payers are attempting to control costs by offering more high-deductible...

How to Favorably Manage Risk in Value-Based Care Reimbursement

by Vera Gruessner

While downside risk does not incentivize providers to take part in value-based care reimbursement policies, data-driven technology and a combination of financial motivations may encourage physicians to transition to alternative payment models,...

Why Reviewing Pricing Trends is Key for Bundled Payment Models

by Vera Gruessner

When payers begin to adopt bundled payment models, they may find some challenges standing in their way to truly succeed within these alternative payment solutions. For example, when attempting to contract through bundled payments, it may be difficult...

How Payers Could Adjust to MACRA Regulations, Value-Based Care

by Vera Gruessner

MACRA regulations may seem overly complex and lengthy for the average medical practice but there are steps that providers can follow to succeed under MACRA’s quality payment program. Providers can work with payers to better identify similar...

How MACRA Legislation Advances Value-Based Care Reimbursement

by Vera Gruessner

MACRA legislation may play a major part in advancing the adoption of value-based care reimbursement among both payers and providers. CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt emphasized this past May that MACRA legislation will bring real progress...

Health Insurance Exchanges Require Engagement, Narrow Networks

by Vera Gruessner

Since some private health payers are struggling with enrollment and the ability to make a profit on the health insurance exchanges, engaging consumers, reducing the administrative burden, and creating a narrow provider network will become an...


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